Quick Update

I hope I will be back blogging some time soon.

Caleb

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Palm Sunday

 

“The number of marytrs’ names is increasing. The church presents martyrs everyday because our church is a church of martyrs. The Synaxaruim (Book of Martyrs) still has empty pages, but it will be written with blood, the blood of the martyrs of the Coptic church.”

Bishop Makar
Coptic Orthodox Bishop

Top 3 Must Watch TV Shows

In short we are living in amazing age for television. This is in part thanks to production outlets like Netflix and Amazon Prime, who are taking a chance on shows that otherwise would not have made it on network television.

1. The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Prime)

Three words: Absolutely Brilliant Show!

The first season was a slow grind but one that paid off with its season finale.  As any great show, it has an interesting concept: What if the Axis had won World War II?  However, what makes “The Man in the High Castle” a great show, is it’s characters.

As any great show its concept is only a venue from which the writers, actors and producers can explore profound questions about the human condition through its protagonists. In short, a great show is about its characters and how well are they grounded in reality.

The ending of Season 2 makes this show one of my favorite shows ever…hopefully they will continue to provide though provoking entertainment from years to come.

2. Stranger Things (Netflix)

If there was anything that stand out in the world of entertainment during the Summer of 2016 it was Netflix’s original series: Stranger Things. What a show! Stranger thins is about the desperate search for a young boy who disappear in the woods.

Stranger Things is basically everything that was great about 80’s assembled together in a TV show…that is a heavy dose of Spielberg coming of age themes set to the backdrop of a Steven King story. Do I need to say anything else?

Again what made this show great was, at least for me, how real the characters felt to me. I was throughly invested with every single one of them basically from the first episode of the show.

3. Vikings (History Channel)

So far one of the most interesting shows that brings forth issues of religion, faith and culture. It follows the story of Ragnar Lothbrok rise from a young farmer to become one of the most famous Norseman of his time.

It is a barbaric show in terms of its violence and mature content but it does play with interesting themes about faith and religion in a sober and respectful way. The first three seasons are truly amazing…half way through season four something happen that I am not quite sure what to make of…but I will be patient and see whether the show runner abandon the elements of mystery and religion that made this show so fascinating and reduce it to a show about, well about dull battles and sex.

Happy Epiphany of the Lord

Hi everyone and Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year! Today we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. I will like to share an excerpt from today’s gospel reading along with a quote from St. John Chrysostom, an early Patristic father of the Church, reflecting on the epiphany.

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A reflection on today’s reading by St. John Chrysostom:

“And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh”.

Matthew 2:10-12

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“If the Magi had come in search of an earthly King, they would have been disconcerted at finding that they had taken the trouble to come such a long way for nothing. Consequently they would have neither adored nor offered gifts. But since they sought a heavenly King, though they found in Him no signs of royal pre-eminence, yet, content with the testimony of the star alone, they adored: for they saw a man, and they acknowledged God.”

Saint John Chrysostom

Cheers,

Caleb

 

A Christmas Eve Story about Jesus and St. Jerome

I will love to share this story from St. Jerome which reminds us the real reason why the Word became flesh and why Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year:

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Taken from  from Sister Mary Fidelis’ post at desertnuns.com:

After many years spent in Jerusalem translating the Word of God, Jerome finished his grand project just days before Christmas.  To celebrate his accomplishment, Jerome decided to spend Christmas Eve in nearby Bethlehem, in one of the many grottoes that dot the countryside. According to the ancient account, sometime around midnight Jesus appeared to him, saying “Jerome, what will you give me for my birthday?”

Immediately and enthusiastically, Jerome declared, “Lord, I give you my translation of your word.” But instead of congratulating him, Jesus simply replied, “No, Jerome, that is not what I want.”

Jerome was speechless. Then he began to complain and remonstrate with Jesus, asking why he had let him go on for forty years, far from home, laboring at something other than what God most wanted from him. But Jesus remained silent. Jerome started suggesting other ways of honoring Jesus’ birthday – fasting, becoming a hermit, giving his possessions to the poor. To each of these Jesus replied, “No. Jerome. That is not what I want most.”

Finally, Jerome protested, “Then you tell me, Lord. Tell me what would give you the most joy on your birthday, and you shall have it.

“Do you promise, Jerome?”
“Yes, Lord, anything at all.”
Jesus replied, “Give me your sins…


I wish everyone a Merry, Merry Christmas full of blessing and love.

God bless y’all!

Caleb